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Housing Cases

Case 1

Name: Peter*

Issue: Eviction Notice

"I visited the Advice Centre as I had arrived home to find my Landlord was evicting me! The landlord had decided he wanted to move back into the property and make it his family home and I had been given 2 weeks to move out.

I sat down with an adviser, who after checking the contract, explained that the landlord legally couldn't do this and that I needed to write to my landlord explaining that I had visited the Student Union Advice Centre, who had contacted Kirklees Private Sector Housing and Fusion Housing on my behalf. I was advised that the letter should state that the landlord is in breach of contract and I should be allowed to stay in the property until his contract expired in 6 months time.

During the conversation with me, it became apparent that the landlord had possibly failed to protect the £300 deposit I had paid them. Together with me the advisor wrote a letter regarding the illegal eviction and asking for proof that the deposit I had paid the landlord was being held in one of the three government deposit protection schemes.

Magically the landlord changed his mind about evicting me and a couple of days later I also received notification that his deposit had been paid in to a deposit protection scheme."

 

Case 2

Name: Rebecca

Issue: Disrepair

"Me and my housemates came to the Advice Centre to complain that our landlord was not repairing the various items in our property that we had reported. The washing machine was broken, electric oven was not working properly and the lock on the front door of the property was faulty and as a result we were having to use the rear door of the property which meant using an unlit alleyway which was not ideal now that the nights were drawing in.

During the conversation with the adviser it became apparent that the landlord had possibly failed to protect the £200 deposit each of us had paid them. The adviser outlined the basis of a letter we should send to our landlord giving him a sufficient timescale to repair the items, asking for financial compensation for the time without the faulty items, which had meant we had had to use a launderette and purchase takeaway foods and finally asking for proof that the deposits we had paid the landlord were being held in one of the three government deposit protection schemes.

We drafted a letter, sent it to the adviser to check over and then sent it to the landlord. Subsequently the landlord repaired the items, negotiated a compensation sum and gave us the details of the deposit protection scheme he had used."

*Disclaimer: All names have been changed to ensure the confidentiality of clients.